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Biographical entry Clendinnen, Frederick John (1860 - 1913)

13 April 1860
Emerald Hill, Victoria, Australia
6 November 1913
London, England


Frederick Clendinnen, the father of Leslie John Clendinnen, was a general practitioner in Melbourne 1886-1898 and thereafter a medical radiologist, one of the first in the world. He is generally acknowledged to be the first medical man in Melbourne to take an X-ray photograph of a patient.


Born Emerald Hill, Victoria, 13 April 1860. Died London, 6 November 1913. Educated University of Melbourne, Edinburgh (L and LMid, RCP and RCS 1884) and Brussels (MD and doctorate of midwifery 1885). General practice, Hawksburn, Victoria 1886-98, bought his first X-ray apparatus 1896, medical radiologist 1898-1913, first honorary skiagraphist, (Royal) Melbourne Hospital and Eye and Ear Hospital 1896-1913.

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  • Bennett, Robert, 'Clendinnen, Frederick John (1860-1913) and Leslie John (1887-1954) radiologists' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle, eds, vol. 8 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1981), pp. 28-29. Details


McCarthy, G.J.